Bagan is a sepia-tinted, magical town with thousands of ancient temples scattered like gems. Travelers who come here often imagine themselves as re-incarnates of Indiana Jones; the feeling of being a discoverer lost in an ancient land is thrilling, and ‘getting lost’ (in the twelfth century and earlier) is precisely what most people come here to do.
Bagan Lodge stands in the center of this spectacle: its a plush pad for adventurers to eat, sleep, put their feet up in, in between explorations. A wood lodge, surrounded by well manicured gardens, the hotel is an elegant mix of French and Burmese design. The restaurant and bar overlooks one of the property’s two wonderful pools, and the aesthetic seamlessly blends local materials and motifs with a European sensibility. The same is seen in the comfortably sized rooms that offer large beds, a small seating area, and a well planned bathroom that features an inviting bathtub.
The staff at Bagan Lodge exude a special warmth, and this permeates all levels of management. Right from check in to the time you are on to your next destination, extra care – that even extends to personally dropping you to places on motorcycles – is provided with a sense of happiness. Directions too, are not just handed to you, but meticulously sketched out on maps. Depending on your interests, the staff guides you: certain pagodas that are hard to find are made accessible; restaurants or massage parlors that you may like to visit are often called in advance. The staff is then, a bank of local knowledge and connections. It feels like this is their town and it brings them happiness for guests to explore it.
When guests return from their day-filled adventures, the property is large enough for privacy, if desired, or to bring together a community that may want to share stories. The spa is a treat to soothe tired feet, the pool offers a refreshing dip, and even just a walk around the green property is wonderful for gazing at the star-filled skies.
This is a surreal land and Bagan Lodge gives you just what you need to explore it in the best way possible.